W. H. Auden

We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know.W. H. Auden

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Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate.W. H. Auden

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Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.W. H. Auden

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God bless the USA, so large, so friendly, and so rich.W. H. Auden

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For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?W. H. Auden

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You owe it to all of us all get on with what you're good at.W. H. Auden

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Choice of attention - to pay attention to this and ignore that - is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.W. H. Auden

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A professor is someone who talks in someone else's sleep.W. H. Auden

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Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods.W. H. Auden

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Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.W. H. Auden

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In relation to a writer, most readers believe in the Double Standard: they may be unfaithful to him as often as they like, but he must never, never be unfaithful to them.W. H. Auden

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A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.W. H. Auden

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You know there are no secrets in America. It's quite different in England, where people think of a secret as a shared relation between two people.W. H. Auden

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It takes little talent to see what lies under one's nose, a good deal to know in what direction to point that organ.W. H. Auden

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In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.W. H. Auden

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What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.W. H. Auden

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The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition.W. H. Auden

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If time were the wicked sheriff in a horse opera, I'd pay for riding lessons and take his gun away.W. H. Auden

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Death is the sound of distant thunder at a picnic.W. H. Auden

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I'll love you, dear, I'll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street.W. H. Auden

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Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.W. H. Auden

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Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.W. H. Auden

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'Healing,' Papa would tell me, 'is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.'W. H. Auden

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If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me.W. H. Auden

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To save your world you asked this man to die; would this man, could he see you now, ask why?W. H. Auden

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Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.W. H. Auden

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One cannot walk through an assembly factory and not feel that one is in Hell.W. H. Auden

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The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age.W. H. Auden

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Good can imagine Evil; but Evil cannot imagine Good.W. H. Auden

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History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.W. H. Auden

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